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J Nutr. 1984 May;114(5):803-12.
Lactation in the dog: milk composition and intake by puppies.
The composition and intake of milk by mother-reared puppies was studied to compare protein and energy intakes of puppies with estimated requirements. Milk samples were obtained from five beagle bitches over the period of 7-37 days postpartum. Dog milk contained on average 22.7% dry matter, 9.47% fat, 7.53% protein, 3.81% sugar and 146 kcal gross energy per 100 g. Protein comprised 31% of milk energy. Nonprotein nitrogen averaged 0.054%, equivalent to 4.4% of total nitrogen. Milk intakes of puppies in the five litters were estimated from water kinetics following administration of deuterium oxide (D2O). D2O dilution indicated that body water comprised 72-73% of puppy body weight, and fractional turnover rate of body water averaged 0.15-0.17% per day in weeks 3 and 4 postpartum. Milk intakes were calculated as 160 +/- 5.4 g (mean +/- SEM) at 19 days and 175 +/- 5.3 g at 26 days, equivalent to 17.0 and 14.6% of body weight, respectively. Daily milk yields of the bitches averaged 964 g at 19 days and 1054 g at 26 days. Dry matter intakes of the puppies were equivalent to 3.9 and 3.3% of body weight at 19 and 26 days, respectively. Gross energy intakes averaged 223-224 kcal/ kg0 .75 per day, and protein intakes averaged 0.33-0.36 g per gram body weight gain at these ages. Estimates of the energy requirements of young puppies by the National Research Council appear to be too high.
Contact Dermatitis. 2007 Mar;56(3):169-71.
Occupational contact urticaria and rhinoconjunctivitis from dog's milk in a veterinarian.
Foti C, Antelmi A, Mistrello G, Guarneri F, Filotico R.
Department of Internal Medicine, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Unit of Dermatology, University of Bari, Bari, Italy. email@example.com
We report the case of a 46-year-old veterinarian who developed rhinoconjunctivitis and contact urticaria (CU) on his hands and forearms after contact with dog's milk. Prick tests results revealed a positive reactions to Parietaria pollens, Dermatophagoides farinae and D.pteronyssinus, dander of cat, grass, olive (+++), and to undiluted dog's milk (++++). Control prick tests with dog's milk performed in 5 healthy veterinarians were negative. We consider it important to take into account the possibility that dog's milk may be the aetiological agent of CU in veterinarians.